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egyptian pharaohs responded with unparalleled creative energy in their quest for immortality - from the magnificent statuary, elaborate burial masks, to the golden sarcophagus from tutankhamen's tomb, the visitor is struck by the egyptian response to death. of course, for most people, the pyramids of giza are ancient egypt. through the burial tombs for three pharaohs - a father, son, grandson trio who reigned during the 26th century before the common era - an egyptian pyramid provides an excellent example of the axis mundi - the center of the cosmos. the pyramid signifies that connection between the visible and invisible worlds. crouching below the three pyramids, with its inscrutable cheshire cat smile is the sphinx. the sphinx served as a funereal complex for the elaborate preparation of the dead for the entombment in the pyramids. indeed, the fragility of life ignites questions about meaning, purpose, and in the case of the ancient egyptians, created a civilization characterized by extraordinary grandeur and religious imagination. but have things changed today? no. death can come
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